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Hysteria At SMK Siburan (PT 2)

Published by Borneo under , , , on 12:00 PM

Here is the followup from Borneo Post.

SERIAN: Hysteria gripped SMK Serian yesterday forcing school authorities to suspend classes until further notice.

The unusual phenomenon had been hitting students for the last three weeks, sending the afflicted into a state of fits, screaming and violent shaking while those close to them cried in fear. A baffled Ramli Zauniddin, the school principal, said: “The school is doing whatever the people believe should be done, including getting ‘religious practitioners’ on standby at the school today (yesterday).” Two of the ‘specialists’ were said to have come from Simunjan and Siburan.

Inside sources in fact told The Borneo Post that the school engaged the services of four paranormal practitioners to try to calm down the students, but that when up to 20 students (Ramli put the number at 10) started screaming and looking “very much possessed” the school had to suspend classes. “School will be going on as usual. Students should continue to come to school if parents allow them to,” Ramli said. But even as Ramli said he had got permission from the Education Department to relax school attendance until further notice, classrooms were empty as early as 2pm yesterday.

A peep at the boarding houses revealed spooky silence while in one of the classes where the students were said to have become hysterical, the tables and chairs were in disarray. Apparently, every student was affected in one way or another especially after yesterday’s incident where for the first time a boy was among those “struck”.

The Borneo Post talked to him and he claimed that he was possessed while he was restraining a fellow student. The Form Five student recalled that his mind went blank and he was not in control of his body.
“I felt very light and I heard strange voices playing in my head,” he said. According to him, the victims were girls from the morning session.

Another student who did not become hysterical, talked about being scratched by his unfortunate classmates, claimed that the cases of hysteria started ever since a group of students came back from a picnic trip at Gunung Gading in Lundu, that the school organised.

He said the ‘spirit’ might have followed the students home and created trouble in the school by possessing them one by one. When asked if the incident was connected with the Gunung Gading trip, Ramli said he dared not confirm that. A fourth former also claimed that five students at the hostel were attacked by the ‘unknown’ on Wednesday night and that for the rest of the night the students were restless and not sleeping well.

Of yesterday’s incident, he said he was seated next to a student who suddenly appeared to be in a trance during lesson around 9am. “The student’s actions caught the teacher’s attention. “Our teacher started to wave her hands in front of the student but she showed no response. “Sensing that something was wrong with her, the teacher asked her name and the student answered in a hoarse voice: “Who are you?” and then began to stare coldly at everyone in the class before she started to cry. “Then the crying was followed with screaming and she started to go berserk, kicking and slamming tables around her,” he said.

He also recalled that he witnessed a fellow student, also with a similar voice, speaking of having wings and wanting to fly. He said she then sat on the edge of the corridor as though she was ready to jump off. A couple of students quickly pulled her to safety.

Students interviewed talked about ‘spirits angered by a student who picked flower to bring home and drinking from a pond without asking permission of the forest inhabitants’. “Whatever the reasons, the situation is under control and I don’t think it is infectious,” Ramli said, however, looking very conscious of the eerie silence shrouding the school.

As this reporter walked out of the school gate, a security guard was seen spreading what looked like white pebbles around the school’s perimeter. Asked what it was, he replied: “Garam batu (salt).”

Ask for an explanation, the gentleman was tight-lipped, but what was clear was that something was not quite right in the air. Until the school makes a decision on the class suspension, the guard will be on his own. He certainly needs all the salt for all they are worth.


Anonymous said... @ April 18, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Possible it's demon who possessed the poor boy.

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